Lies of P has a very intriguing post credits scene involving a seemingly innocuous side character working with someone bigger behind the curtains. It also suggests a very promising sequel, or perhaps a larger world, and an expansion of a possible franchise.
Read ahead as we talk more about the post credits scene of Lies of P and point out some details that make things much more interesting.
What is in the Lies of P Post Credits scene?
After the credits roll, we see a familiar person sitting on a moving train couch. The character that was introduced to us as Giangio, who claims that he has been looking for a cure to the petrification disease, is talking to a woman over the phone. More importantly, this woman refers to him as Paracelsus, which may actually be his real name.
Paracelsus then reports about the experiment that has been done on Krat, but he did not provide any more details to expound on what the experiment was. He also reports that he may have found a “new brother”, possibly referring to P, also known as Carlo. The woman on the other line then comments about the varying forms of eternal life, then reminds Paracelsus that they will need to recover P’s arm, or his Legion Arm.
Before ending the call, Paracelsus then mentions finding another “key”, who supposedly belongs to them, whose name is Dorothy.
Lies of P Post Credits Scene Explained
There is a lot to unpack coming from this short cutscene that adds a lot to the lore and the world-building of what may actually be the content of the DLC or even a possible sequel.
Giangio, a.k.a Paracelsus
First off, Giangio’s character, who actually goes by the name of Paracelsus, appears to have actually put on a character when he went to Krat in search of his supposed “cure” for the petrification disease. From the call that he had with the unnamed woman, it suggests that he is working with some sort of shadow group that is conducting a grander experiment, and the one done on Krat was just part of it.
Personally speaking, Giangio already gave off a very sussy vibe when we first met him, but the suspicion never really grew, especially when he started becoming more helpful in the later part of the game. Only when this cutscene appeared and when P tried to visit him again after completing the game did the suspicion become more valid.
Once you complete the game, if you visit the location in the hotel where Giangio stood, you will only see a box there that you can access to still purchase Wishstones from. However, there’s also an item on the table called The Letter of the Eternal. It appears that this letter was written and left by Giangio, stating that he had “a good time” with P, and it also aligns with the “new brother” line from the cutscene.
The letter is signed by P.P., which we could only surmise stands for Philippus Paracelsus, a name that is based on the real-life figure Paracelsus, who is a physician, alchemist, and philosopher known for his contributions to medicine, and he is actually credited as the Father of Toxicology.
Knowing all of these things, we could suspect that Paracelsus was actually the one behind the spread of the petrification disease in Krat as part of their grand experiment to find ways of achieving eternal life. Paracelsus and the woman on the line may already have achieved eternal life, as suggested by the way they acknowledged P as one of their kind.
From the looks of it, Paracelsus may also become a possible boss fight in the next game, too.
The Mysterious Woman
There’s nothing much to know more about the mysterious woman behind the call, but we can only make guesses about her identity. She seems to be working with Paracelsus or has hired Paracelsus to do some field work.
Based on her interest in P’s Legion Arm, the mysterious woman may actually be based on another prominent real-life person, Mary Shelley, who is known as the author of Frankenstein; we’d wager that the character’s possible name may also be taken from the author’s name, just as they got P’s real name, “Carlo,” from Carlo Collodi, the author of Pinocchio.
So we might even see an expansion to the game’s world touching on the story of Victor Frankenstein’s monster, a story that was also inspired by Paracelsus’ works. It’s not a far off possibility after seeing the last part of the cutscene.
The mention of Dorothy’s name and the appearance of her iconic shoes tease the possibility of the next story that the game may have as its DLC or even as another separate game in the Lies of P franchise.
For the uninitiated, Dorothy is the main character of The Wizard of Oz. In the story, she gets whisked into the land of Oz, and as she tries to make her way back home, she meets a few friends along the way, like the Tin Man, the Lion, and the Scarecrow.
We only get to see Dorothy’s legs and her magical red shoes, but we can assume that she’s human based on her knee joint. She also appears to be walking on a ledge in Krat, although we’re unsure at what point of Krat’s timeline was shown in the scene; either this was prior to the collapse of Krat, or the people have already started to rebuild the city.
As to why Paracelsus is after Dorothy, we have yet to know until the next game comes out. For now, we can only imagine what kind of character Dorothy will be if she ends up as the next playable character in her story. Will she be the one unveiling the mysterious people running the show behind the curtain?
The direction of Lies of P’s sequel
There is certainly much to expect in the possible sequel to the game with this overarching plot revealed in the cutscene. With how popular collabs and stories of worlds colliding have been in the past few years, we might even end up seeing other children’s fantasy characters and their stories twisted into the dark fantasy world.
Paracelsus is the real protagonist?
There have been some talks and theories about P or Carlo not being the “P” referred to in the game’s title, and that it’s actually Paracelsus. Since he has put on a façade of being a helpful pharmacist, “Lies of Paracelsus” isn’t too far off. It could even be said that Paracelsus and whoever he’s working with are doing it for the greater good.
However, it’s still hard to believe that the game would pull off something as drastic as that twist. For now, we can chalk Paracelsus up as the shady guy who is working with people obsessed with immortality, and the whole thing is just a coincidence, much like how P’s character is somehow similar to the Tin Man with how important their hearts are to them.